The so commonly called ‘Heart of Africa’, Burundi, official (Republic of Burundi) is lying almost in the East of Africa with a shape like a heart. It’s a beautiful country sandwiched between the Republic Democratic of Congo in the west, Tanzania in eastsouth and the Republic of Rwanda in the north. With Bujumbura as capital, Burundi’s population is estimate about 10,114,505 total populations and an area of 27,834 Km2 extended in eighteen provinces (cities).
In the very heart of Africa lays Burundi. A small land and mountainous country, Burundi offers wonderful views of Lake Tanganyika which is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, and the second deepest, after Lake Baikal in Siberia. Burundi is a country of green hills and white sandy beaches, with friendly, welcoming people and a warm climate. With it hydrography, people can enjoy fishing activities for any moment they want. Lakes freshwater and the good warm climate offered by mountains make people, animals and aquatic animals(the living beings) feel like they are in a small paradise.
Culture The Drum, Our Pride
27th November 2014, Burundi’s famous drums were inscribed as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The ritual dance with the royal drum is a show that combines the sound of drumbeats with dances, heroic poetry and traditional songs. The entire population of Burundi recognizes it as a fundamental element of their heritage andidentity. Now, it is recognized worldwide and it is the sense of pride that seems to dominate in Burundi.
Crafting is a very important sector for developing countries. In fact,it gives importance to history, culture and traditions. The country has long been known for its handicrafts which include painting, basket weaving and wood carving. These cultural activities, making it difficult for tourists to choose which souvenirs to buy.
Clothes Made of Wood
Traditionally, Burundians wwearing clothes made from either animal’s skin or from the bark of ficus tree. Actually, because of the modernization in some Burundian cultural products, Burundian traditional clothes have been modernized and become famous by the spirit of Burundian youth creativity “henceforth is our proud fashion” they say.
In general, Burundi is a land of peace, the warmhearted, welcoming people, good culture and nice gastronomy…. If you don’t believe it, ask anyone who has been there or has a Burundian friend. You can also go on YouTube and enjoy the reality about all information above written. When several Burundians of close acquaintance meet for a gathering they drink “impeke”, a traditional beer, together from a large container to symbolize unity. This small nation has been named at a certain period as “Switzerlandof Africa” by some tourists for his peaceful situation and others named it the country of “milk and honey”.